Friday, April 30, 2010

Miracle on Steuben Ave.

Too bad I didn't live on a numbered street, my title would've sounded catchier. Oh well, I did receive a box of goodies in the mail from Close to My Heart a few days ago. And since I'm such a good customer, uh, um, consultant, I got a free Miracle Scrapbooking Kit with my new order. I don't normally scrapbook so I decided to whittle a card out of the kit. This is my end result. I absolutely love these papers, the colors are so soft and easy on the eyes. I especially love the Irresistibles Chipboard Die-Cuts that came in the package. They're preprinted so when you ink over them the have a "resist" design embedded in them. I did cover mine with a sticker and some stickles, but only because I needed to tone down the color a bit. (I got overzealous with the inking ;).
Now since it's so late, it'll be a miracle if I can wake up in time for work tomorrow...
Have a great day!

Stamps: Endless Friendship (CTMH)
Paper: Miracle Scrapbook Kit
Ink: Garden Green, Cocoa (CTMH)
Accessories: Colonial White Mini-Medley ribbon, Crystal Stickles, Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder, sewing machine, sponges

Size: 5 1/2" square

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Viva La Verve April Challenge Week 4

Ahh, this is more like it. I love pink. Now THAT'S in my comfort zone. I used two different Stampin' Up ribbons for this card, there's a strip of Cranberry underneath the Pink Scalloped bow. I tied a purple button on with some hemp twine. The pearls can be purchased on a strip so you can place them somewhat straight on your project. I hand cut the patterned paper Nestability to get that 1/8" mat underneath. And I took this picture in my bathtub!
Thanks for checking in!

Stamps: Feel the Sun (Verve)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Raspberry Tart dp, Basic Black, Rose Red (SU), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Accessories: Fiskars Sunburst border punch, SU Cranberry satin ribbon & "Flirty" pink ribbon, K & Co. pearls, Labels Eight Nestabilities, button (CTMH), Hemp twine, sewing machine

Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

In the Bathtub

I found a new great spot for a setting for my cards. In my bathtub. I have to lay down in it, set up my card on the side and contort myself to get a good shot. All in the name of fun, huh? Actually, it's the most action my tub has seen in quite a while, except for those killer dust bunnies that I have protecting it. I think that the orange in this card goes quite nicely with the little floral arrangement I have on the side. I found this challenge on Splitcoast to make a CAS card, which is very difficult for me, as I've mentioned in the past. I like to add, add, add. So on this one I backed off. And I'm happy with the result. Sometimes less is more, unless your a lonely old bathtub.
Enjoy the rest of the day!

Stamps: Childhood Portrait (CTMH)
Paper: June Bug dp (Basic Grey), Apricot Appeal, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Martha Stewart Lattice border punch, Prima flower, Labels One Nestability, Orange Peel Stickles

Size:4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Mojo Monday 136

And I choose...square! I pulled out my Parisian Breeze dp for the first post today and I really like the combination of blues and browns so I figured that I would make another card with it. I've been waiting for the right card to use these flourish gems on because the background can't be too busy or the gems won't show up on the picture. With this photo I experimented with different settings for my picture. I made my poor husband bring out an 80 lb. slab of granite to put my card on for the picture and then decided I didn't like it. The granite is still sitting on my dining room table, I didn't have the heart to tell him that I actually liked the window shot better. I don't own a light box, so I'm resigned to taking pictures at a certain time of day, when the sun is just right in my dining room.
Ok...gotta go eat my Wheaties so I can get that granite slab off my table before dinner tonite!
Have a wonderful day...

Stamps: Feel the Sun (Verve)
Paper: Parisian Breeze dp, Baja Breeze, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
Accessories: EK Success flourish gems, Chocolate Chip satin ribbon & brad (SU), Petite Scalloped & Circle Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Deco Fan border punch, button, hemp twine, Offray flower, dauber, dimensionals

Size:5 1/2" square

Viva La Verve April Challenge Week 3

I know, I know, these are WEEKLY sketches and I'm posting them DAILY. That's because I wasn't on the ball earlier this month, so I'm trying to play catch-up. I think I'm getting there. On this card I used by beloved Martha Stewart Deco Fan punch and "turn the corner" supplement punch. What a nice effect and to not have to cover up any yucky edges...that's where it's at. I raised the sentiment panel and also the punched panel to give the card some depth. Dimensionals (pop dots) really add quite an effect without a lot of effort:D. One more daily...I mean weekly sketch to go for the month!
Have a great day and I'll be chattin' it up tomorrow too!

Stamps: Feel the Sun (Verve)
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain & Antique Linen distress ink
Paper: Parisian Breeze dp, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Ribbon Originals "Valet" (SU), Martha Stewart Deco Fan border punch & corner fabulouser (I made that up, but it's true), button (CTMH), Hemp twine, dauber, dimensionals

Size:4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Viva La Verve April Challenge Week 2

I'm squishing again. And another color out of my circle of favorites. I guess that's why it's called a challenge! Somewhat simple layout, but very elegant. Me likey...

Have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Feel the Sun (Verve)
Ink: Blush Blossom (SU), Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Mariposa stack dp (DCWV), White CS (PTI), Basic Black, Brushed Silver
Accessories: Prima black pearls & flower, Oval & Scalloped Nestabilities, SU Black ribbon, dauber

Size:4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Monday, April 26, 2010

Viva La Verve April Challenge Week 1

If you squish picture one and picture two together, do you get picture three? That's what I tried to accomplish. Teal and Lime green are waaaay out of my comfort zone. I did find some papers buried in a stack in my craft room that I was able to use for this card. It is a bright & cheery card. I colored in the sentiment design with Tombow markers and added some Crystal Stickles for some "glitz". Those cute little white flowers came with the gems attached and I got those at Michael's. I attempted to stitch around the blue panel but the tension on my sewing machine was off so it looked like a string attached to the border. So, I pulled out the thread and got a nice paper pierced look.
Have a nice cheery day!

Stamps: Accent Notes (Verve)
Ink: Versafine Onxy Black
Paper: Spring Green Gingham (making memories), Blue Awning dp (K & Co), Whisper White
Accessories: Prima flower, Offray flowers (white), Tombow markers, Crystal Stickles, Circle & Scalloped Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Lattice border punch, ribbon

Size:4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Sunday, April 25, 2010

SFYTT Wildflower

Hello on this beautiful rainy Sunday! I actually don't mind the rain for two reasons. One is that I have to work today so what better scenario to have since I can't go outside anyway, and two I have so many flowers in the yard and nothing can replace good old fashioned rainwater. Well water and tap water don't have the same effect on the plants, I guess it's the nitrogen content. I just thought of reason number 3! I can hang out in my craft room and not feel guilty about missing a sunny day outside. Yikes, I just realized how obsessed I am! Oh well, I did stay up late last night working on this card. I'm using my new June bug papers from Basic Grey. I had this old ribbon at the bottom of my ribbon basket so I placed a piece over a black mat and then added a bow of the same fabric onto the sentiment. I wasn't crazy about this ribbon on the spool but it does look really nice on this card. For the background Labels Four Nestabilities, I hand cut the patterned paper piece to make it a smaller size for the white paper mat. One thing about Nestabilities is I wish they would make an option of using a 1/8" mat as opposed to 1/4". You can do that easily with the generic shapes using the small and large dies but none of the decorative pieces. Well, that just means that I have to take out my sharp scissors and do it myself! It's good practice and I have time because it's raining outside anyway...
Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Stamps: Feel the Sun (Verve)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: June Bug dp (Basic Grey), Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Michael's "Special Value" ribbon, Labels Four & Eight Nestabilities, dimensionals

Size:4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Friday, April 23, 2010

Verve Challenge No. 3

I was trying to fit in all 5 sketch challenges, but alas, could only come up with 3 in the past few days. Getting ready for work today, trying to help my daughter with her upcoming spelling test and I've run out of time. Cheryl had commented on how I do "it all". The only way is....sleep deprivation. It's going to catch up with me sooner or later. Let's hope it's later;).
I'm really enjoying these new Basic Grey papers, this card is from the Origins line. I colored the flower with SU markers and shaded around the outside a bit with a Copic marker to give a little shading effect. And apparently from the picture the effect is "little". Oh well, off to work and to endure the craziness of the day.
Have a great day...

Stamps:Feel the Sun (Verve)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Rich Cocoa
Paper: Origins (Basic Grey), Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: ribbon, Circle & Scalloped Nestabilities, Prima black pearls, Martha Stewart Lattice border punch, dimensionals

Size:4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Snow Day

Ha! Last night my son informed me that it was "Take your kid to work day" tomorrow. I thought to myself, "yeah, right...nice try", but instead I said ok. I figured that he does well in school and is hardly ever absent so why not? It's getting close to the end of school anyway and spring fever is kicking in about now. This morning I called the school to let them know he'd be absent and the nurse asked me, "Is Troy sick or it this for 'Take your child to work day'? The jokes on me, he was telling me the truth, my good boy. I really honestly thought I was getting snowed. Nice to see good qualities come out in your children that you've instilled but thought were tangled in that little brain of theirs. So to celebrate (;D) I made a card. I'm sure Troy is not so thrilled, but I am! I made this card for another Verve challenge. I received some new papers 2 days ago and have been itchin' to use them. I used some really bright patterned papers and experimented with my Copic markers. Very soon I'm going to tackle those markers and use them right. For now, just playing.
So Troy and I got to enjoy our "snow day". Hope you enjoyed yours also.

Stamps: Floral Symphony (Verve)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: June Bug dp (Basic Grey), Basic Black, Whisper White, Yoyo Yellow
Accessories: button (CTMH), Copics, Hemp Twine, pretty yellow ribbon from Ellen Hutson, black thread & needle, sewing machine

Size:4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Verve Color Challenge

I received my first Verve stamps yesterday in the mail. I like to use sentiments on my cards (that is until I learn to color properly) and Verve has great, elegant sayings. The stamp I used on this card is from the Feel the Sun collection. I went over to Verve's forum on Splitcoast and saw this color challenge, which is in fact a challenge for me since I rarely use orange on my cards. Luckily the Mariposa stack that I had purchased had all three colors in it, so I got off easy...this time. We all need to challenge ourselves at some point, otherwise, why bother going through the motions? I realized lately how often I'm "asleep at the wheel". Have you ever tried to pay attention to everything you're doing and feeling for any length of time? I recently had to do that for 6 hours and let me tell you, it's not easy. Most days I can't even remember getting to where I've ended up. Sorry, rambling...
Anyway, time to play with more stamps and enjoy the moment. (They go by so fast!)
Have a great day!

Stamps:Feel the Sun (Verve)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Mariposa stack dp, Vintage Cream (PTI), Basic Black
Accessories: Prima black pearls & flowers, Papermart Antique Cream ribbon, Labels three & Circle Nestabilities, Martha Stewart lattice border punch, green button (CTMH), Hemp twine, sewing machine

Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

So Sweet

I feel like lately that I've been racking my brain to come up with new ideas for card designs. Yeah, so you say, isn't that what you enjoy doing? Yes and maybe; ideas sometimes can be as scarce as my motivation to regrout my shower. So to compensate, I like to challenge myself to CASE other artist's designs. One of my favorite artists is Amy Sheffer. I CASED this card here. I absolutely love her color combinations and layouts. Some day I aspire to create the wonderful cards she makes. Anyway, I used some older papers I had from K & Co. and added some black, white and Sage Shadow. All of the shapes are cut out using Nestabilities dies. Simple, yet very elegant layout.
Hopefully in a short period of time, my brain cells will formulate some fabulosity. In the meantime I'm going to regrout the shower. Have a great day...

Stamps: So Sweet (CTMH)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Almost Amethyst
Paper: K & Co. Madeline dp, Basic Black, Sage Shadow (SU), White CS (PTI)
Accessories: Blossom & Circle Nestabilities, Fancy Scalloped Border Piercerabilities, Martha Stewart pink pearls & Deco Shell border punch, Papermart white ribbon, $1 bin black button (Michael's), Hemp twine, dauber

Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

With Gratitude

For this card I just wanted to put a lot of stuff on it. So I did. Nothing out of the ordinary, just loaded with details.

Stamps: Spiral Bouquet (PTI)
Ink: Rose Red
Paper: Raspberry Tart, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink (SU), Neenah Solar Crest White
Accessories: K & Co pearls, EK Success corner punch, Martha Stewart Lattice border punch, Cuttlebug Vintage dies, SU Ribbon Originals "Flirty", dimensionals

Size: 5 1/2" square

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mojo Monday 135

It's Monday again! I had this weekend off, which means I got a lot of stamping done much to my husband's chagrin. I can see him outside my craft room window working his great big heart out on the yard. In my defense, I did have a little guilt, but I'm learning to overcome that with practice. So as I watch him work, I created this card for Mojo Monday. I don't have a lot of experience with shabby chic, I prefer straight clean lines, but sometimes you have to move out of your comfort zone. I had these cute papers from Close to My Heart that I had around but haven't experimented with yet. I cut out the Memoranda note from the patterned paper and using a block letter set, I stamped the sentiment, which I thought was rather fitting for the sketch. I beat up the edges a little for more of a distressed look. The ruler is cut out from the same paper. I had the lace heart from who knows where, and I stacked it on top of a Blossom Nestability that I crumpled up. I inked all the edges with Antique Linen for a more "worn out" appearance. I think the next card will have more clean lines. That's my prediction, anyway.

Stamps: Calendar Alphabet & Numbers (SU)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Notebook dp (CTMH), Vintage Cream (PTI), Basic Black
Accessories: Lace heart, SU Scalloped edge border punch, Filigree brad, button & Ribbon Rounds Heavenly Blue Collection ribbon (CTMH)

Size:4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Yard Update

Beautiful Tulips...

Gorgeous Phlox...

Fabulous Whatchamacallits...


SFYTT Take Two

Ahh...the amount of time we spend doing and undoing a project. Hours and hours sometimes, albeit therapeutic, still time consuming. But then, Ta Da! you're finally happy with the outcome and all that time spent is a blur. I attempted in my last post to make a sketch for Jen Del Muro's Sketch for You to Try. I don't know about you, but I really can't get mine to work on the first take, so, I keep trying. (Hence the title, I'm sure). I've been using my Mariposa stack pad quite frequently, I love the elegant papers it contains. I had this cute ribbon that I kept stepping on (I keep my ribbon on the floor in some baskets) so I listened to the subtle hint and used it. I dressed up the stamped flower with some Platinum Stickles (love that stuff!).
Have a wonderful day, the sun is shining here and hopefully where you are too...

Stamps: One of a Kind, Just Because (CTMH)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Mariposa stack (DCWV), Basic Black, Brushed Gold (SU), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Accessories: Platinum Stickles, Offray ribbon, button, Gold cord, Martha Stewart Deco Fan border punch

Size:4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Gold Treasure

I was attempting to make a Sketch for You to Try card and failed miserably. So...onward and upward. I changed things around a little, all while keeping the same gold colored theme and big fat ribbon that I spent more time on trying to work than I care to mention. Fat ribbons are hard to squeeze onto a card, I don't care what anybody says. I had originally had the top of the card 90 degrees off of where it ended up on this card. This is the design that I was trying to make work:

I guess I should've taken the picture before I attached the ribbon and sentiment but anyway this was the original way that I wanted the card to appear. Now I know why sketch designers say that you can rotate the image...sometimes you need to do that to make your design work. So now onto making that darn sketch work!
Have a great day...

Stamps: Cherish the Moment (CTMH)
Ink: Ranger Vintage Photo
Paper: My Mind's Eye Home dp, Really Rust, Papertrey Vintage Cream
Accessories: SU Sorbet Collection Grosgrain ribbon, Oval & Scalloped Nestabilities, Robin's Nest dew drops, Martha Stewart Deco fan border punch, flowers cut off a stem from Michael's, dimensionals

Size: 5 1/2" square

Saturday, April 17, 2010

New Day

Did you ever have a day where you thought it would be easier to have every hair on your head pulled out one by one rather than what you were going through? I had that day on Thursday. When my kids were young I had more of those days, not so much to this extreme, but I haven't had many lately so I've lost my tolerance for them. It was a work related yucky day and all I could think about was getting home to my favorite "happy" place, aka my craft room. I put this card together and quickly forgot my tale of woe. I started with these cute lace bordered frames by K & Co. that I purchased at Michael's and have been waiting for the right time to use them. Pretty much anything that K & Co. makes is alright in my book. The colors I used were for a challenge on Splitcoast to combo Ruby Red, Cameo Coral and Blush Blossom. They really do work well together, but I am also partial to reds/pinks. I am really enjoying all these new stamp sets that I've gotten from Close to My Heart. A lot of my sets include images also, but I'm not too comfortable with my coloring skills yet. I am taking a Copic Coloring class right now and once I learn to color properly with them I'm going to start putting more images into my cards.

Well today is a new day and I guess you need a bad day every once in a while to appreciate all the good ones. Have a great day everybody. :D

Stamps: So Sweet (CTMH)
Ink: Staz On Timber Brown
Paper: K & Co. Life's Journey Red & Green Damask dp, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom, Mariposa stack dp (DCWV)
Accessories: Nestabilities tag & Labels one dies, K & Co. pearls & lace frame, Fiskars Sunburst border punch, butterfly cut out of a Mariposa patterned paper, sewing machine, Star Dust Stickles

Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Friday, April 16, 2010

You Make Me Happy

Yes, new Close to My Heart catalog, you do make me happy:D. I've had my nose buried in this catty for a few days now and put in an order today. Can't wait to play with my new papers and goodies! Speaking of happy, I finally finished this card after playing with it for 2 days...that's valuable stamping time. I really like the color combination and I'm getting the knack for mixing paper patterns. This style of card is more shabby chic than I usually make but it was fun to design (after, of course, the mojo started flowing).

Stamps: Paisley Praise (CTMH)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: My Mind's Eye Home dp, Old Olive, Cameo Coral, Brocade Blue, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Accessories: Oval & Scalloped Nestabilities, CTMH button, Hemp twine, SU Rose Red Grosgrain ribbon, EK Success gems, Cuttlebug Vintage corner dies, sewing machine

Size:5 1/2" square

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Medallion Thanks

This is the second card that I have made using the corner punch medallion method. If you take the guard off of a corner punch and line it up on a 3 1/4" Nestability circle, the middle gets punched out and you end up with a beautifully decorated circle. The gems that I attached are there 1) to look good and 2) to cover up my mismatches. I found this technique on Splitcoast Stampers in the Try a New Technique challenge forum. The original creator (that I know of) is Becca Feeken and the challenge gives you a link to a tutorial and also to her example. I also used a lot of dimensionals on the card for a good "depth" feel to it. The flower was cut off of a stem I found on clearance at Michael's.
Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Follow your Heart (CTMH)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Papertrey Vintage Cream, Pirouette Pink (SU)
Accessories: Cuttlebug Leafy Branch embossing folder, EK Success gems, Paper Shapers corner punch, Circle & Scalloped Nestabilities, Word Window punch (SU), pop dots

Size:4 1/2" X 5 1/2"

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mojo Monday 134 & Friend

I made these 2 sister cards last night for 2 different challenges. The top card is for the Mojo Monday and the bottom card is for a Bookmark card challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. I used the same paper for each, both really easy cards to make! The paper is rather old, I've had it for quite some time, but when I bought it, I bought A LOT, because it's so ME.

Thanks for looking...

Stamps:My Sentiments Exactly
Ink: Staz on Timber Brown
Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI), Brocade Blue, Anna Griffin dp
Accessories: Ribbon (unknown), Martha Stewart deco fan border punch, Fiskars sunburst border punch, K & Co. lace frame & pearls, CTMH buttons, EK Success gems, Prima flower, lace

Size:4 1/4" x 5 1/2"


I purchased this new Martha Stewart border punch from Michael's on Sunday. It's great because you can "turn the corner" with it and have all of the edges decorated. This card looks involved but was really easy. I punched a 5" square with the border punch, matted it on the black paper. I then added a scalloped Nestabilities mat and a Labels One on top of that. I double stamped the flourish (stamped once on scrap then without reinking stamped on the paper) and added the sentiment. Some small flowers at the ends of the stems, some pearls and it's complete! Easy peasy!
Thanks for looking...

Stamps: Cherished Flourishes (CTMH)
Ink: Chocolate (CTMH), Walnut Stain (Ranger)
Paper: Vintage Cream & Kraft (PTI), Black
Accessories: K & Co. pearls, Martha Stewart Deco Fan border punch, Brides table confetti flowers, Offray ribbon flowers, dimensionals

Size: 5 1/2" square

Monday, April 12, 2010


I was looking at the first card I made for the SFYTT challenge and I wanted to change things up a bit. Well, not the layout of course, but the colors and matting. I chose K & Co. Blue Awning paper that I had and decided to play around a little with the patterns. I'm really happy with the outcome. I love the rich earth tones paired with the dark blues. I also emboss resisted (?) the sentiment. I'm not sure if that's the proper verbiage but that's the process I used. I stamped the sentiment in Top Boss and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged the circle while it was still in the Nestability die.
Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Just Because Card Kit (CTMH)
Ink: Chocolate (CTMH)
Paper: Blue Awning (K & Co), Vintage Cream (Papertrey), Night of Navy (SU)
Accessories: Circle & Blossom Nestabilities, K & Co. pearls, Martha Stewart Deco Fan border punch, Ranger clear embossing powder, Offray flower, Brides table confetti flower

Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Quilted Thanks

Who here doesn't have a heaping pile of scraps at their craft table? I have a stack that must be 8 or 9 inches high. I just measured it, it's only 6 & 1/2", I guess I don't have much of an eye for measuring. Anyway, I found a challenge on Splitcoast to use your scraps to make a quilt. If I were to make a quilt using all my scraps my card would be, um, maybe the size of my neighborhood block. But we now know that I'm bad a measuring anyway, so give or take a little. So, I've been using my Mariposa stack and have some leftovers to put to good use. This card is very simple, (I like those), I just matted 1 & 1/2" squares and tied some ribbon onto a a metal art frame that I got at Michael's yesterday in the clearance bin. 99 cents! Can't beat that!
Thanks for looking!

Stamps: A Little Everything (CTMH)
Ink: Ranger Antique Linen & Walnut Stain
Paper: Mariposa (DCWV), Vintage Cream & Kraft (Papertrey)
Accessories: SU Ivory organdy ribbon, Metal art frame (K & Co)

Size: 5 1/2" square

Sunday, April 11, 2010

SFYTT Friends Forever

Every Saturday on her blog, Jen Del Muro posts a sketch for you to try. I haven't had too much luck lately with ideas that flow, but I'm pleased with the outcome of this card. I used my new Mariposa stack for the patterned papers. Paired with some cream and white backgrounds, the reds and pinks stand out. The sentiment is from Close to My Heart's Just Because Card Kit set. The stamp words were linear on the set so I masked the words and stacked them.
Thanks for looking...

Stamps: Just Because (CTMH)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Baby Pink
Paper: Mariposa (DCWV), Basic Black, Papertrey Vintage Cream
Accessories: EK Success gems, SU Ivory organdy ribbon, circle & scalloped Nestabilities, paper piercer, Prima flower, dauber, sewing machine

Size:5 1/2" square

Saturday, April 10, 2010

From the Heart

I found this color challenge on SCS to use "Certainly Tempting Suede". In essence, green, blue and brown. I just purchased the Mariposa 8 x 8 pack of paper and found all the colors I needed right in there. For the butterfly, I simply cut out the image from the patterned paper and added some Star Dust stickles to it.
Thanks for looking!

Stamps: All Year Cheer I
Ink: Close to Cocoa (SU)
Paper: Mariposa (DCWV), Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Always Artichoke (SU)
Accessories: K & Co. pearls, Satin ribbon (SU), Martha Stewart Lace border punch, Star Dust stickles, Labels Four Nestabilities

Size:5 1/2" square

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Pulling Teeth

You know when you have an image in your head and it just doesn't want to go the 1 foot from your brain to your hand? That's the situation I had with this card. For 2 nights my mojo eluded me. I'm really pleased though with the eventual color scheme that I came up with for this card. I mixed 2 different patterned papers from 2 different lines. The green and pink panel are from the Mariposa line by DCWV. The zigzag portion is from the Porcelain collection by Basic Grey. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Delight in Life (SU)
Ink: Mellow Moss (SU), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Paper: Porcelain (Basic Grey), Mariposa (DCWV), Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: Papermart Pink satin ribbon, button (CTMH), Hemp twine, Fiskars Sunburst border punch, circle & blossom Nestabilities, sewing machine

Size:5 1/2" square

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

To Glitter or not to Glitter

That is the question! I designed this card for a challenge on Splitcoast. Make a CAS (Clean and Simple) card. That alone is difficult for me since I keep adding stuff. Well, I think I may have overdone it with the glitter, I'm not really sure. What do you think? Actually, the card I'm posting at Splitcoast is the bottom card because the 2nd challenge was to only use a sentiment on the card, no other stamping. When I came up with the background flower idea, that "disqualified" the card. But I liked it so much, I made an alternative sentiment with the stamped flower and just lightly tacked the CAS sentiment over it for the challenge. I hand stitched the ribbon on the bottom of the card, just bunching it up as I went.
Thanks for looking!

Stamps:Follow your Heart (CTMH)
Ink: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum (SU)
Paper:Anna Griffin dp, Pale Plum, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Papermart White satin ribbon, Oval & Scalloped Nestabilities, needle & thread

Size:4 1/4" x 5 1/2"